Updated: January 15, 2020 by Stan Cobb
(Next Update: January 22, 2020)
Saltwater - Not a lot going on on the saltwater front, or at least, not a lot of reports. There's plenty of Rockfish available inside the bay for catch and release fishing. There are loads of big fish being caught on live eels still. Ocean anglers are catching plenty of Tautogs on wrecks and reefs. There's been some Bluefin Tuna caught, along with some Yellowfin Tuna, and some Big Eye Tuna. Swordfish have become very popular the last few months, and some notable sized Swords are being caught.
Freshwater - Warmer than normal weather has the fish in many places scattered. Some are still deep, while there's also many fish shallow. Tidal river fish are almost always shallower than lake fish, but many are reporting that the Bass are holding to shallow cover constantly. The Chick River, Lake, and James River are prime examples. 21 lbs was the winning weight from the Chick River over the weekend. 19 lbs was 2nd, with a 10 lb Lunker! The 10 lber was reportedly caught from the Lake. Good catches are occurring on the Rapp, Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Rivers also. The Crappie on these rivers have been surprising to some anglers, as many dismiss tidal rivers as good Crappie choices. Good Bass baits have been chatterbaits, jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, and of course, jigs. The upper James has risen considerably, due to recent heavy rains, so this may dampen efforts for this weekend, as far as targeting Smallmouth on the nearby upper James. 17 lbs won the most recent Winter Tournament on Lake Anna, out of Sturgeon Creek Marina. 17 lbs was also the 2nd place weight. A 7.95 lb Bass was the big fish winner of the tournament. 16 lbs was the winning weight on Sat, during an open benefit tournament on Anna. Water temps at Anna have been 49 degrees at the 208 bridge. Good Crappie fishing has been taking place along the bridges at Anna. Stubbs Bridge, Dillards Bridge, and Holladay Bridge, have been good.